Southern St. Joseph County is rich in tradition and history. Attracted to its fertile land, pioneer farmers first flocked to this area in the early 1830s. With mills powered by the small Potato Creek dotting the landscape and the introduction of the railroad to these rural parts, the towns of Lakeville, North Liberty, and Walkerton saw their genesis. A humble, yet hardworking way of life was established in those early days, and it still exists to this day. With over 200 vintage images, Southern St. Joseph County captures the day-to-day life of the individuals that helped shape over 170 years of history. With an emphasis on family, farming, and small-town tradition, these pages exemplify what it means to be a Hoosier and what it takes to make a rural community thrive for generations.